2nd Amendment not about hunting
The arms mentioned in the Second Amendment were state-of-the-art military weapons of the eighteenth century. They were intended to arm a militia which would resist a tyrannical government.
The Founding Fathers wanted to insure that we had the capability. George Washington, our first president, said, “Government is like fire, a dangerous servant and a deadly enemy.” Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that when a government becomes destructive of these rights (life, liberty and pursuit of happiness), it is the right of the people to change or abolish that government.
President Obama has compared so-called assault weapons to battlefield weapons. If that were true, the guns in question would definitely be covered under the Second Amendment. The fact is the actual assault rifles — the AR15, AK47, Mini 14 — re selective fire. That is they are capable of both semi-automatic-firing one round each time the trigger is pressed and automatic fire-firing multiple rounds with one squeeze of the trigger.
The guns I just mentioned by model numbers are semiautomatic versions only. It would require the skills and tools of a gunsmith to enable them to fire automatic.
The Second Amendment is not about collecting, hunting or target shooting; it is about insuring our freedom by allowing us the means to resist tyranny.
Benjamin Franklin said that given a choice between a society without newspapers or a society without government, he would choose a society with newspapers but no government.
Journalists treasure the First Amendment like gun owners treasure the 2nd. If President Obama and others in government can run rough-shod over the Second Amendment, there is nothing to keep them from doing the same to the First.
To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, those who would surrender precious liberty for the illusion of security deserve neither.
Steven Little, Ashland
2nd Amendment not about hunting
PAUL CHITWOOD: Ruling on same-sex marriage defies state constitution
News that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn once again usurped the will of Kentucky voters is tragic and disappointing. By declaring gay marriage legal in the commonwealth, Heyburn defied the essential, foundational governing document that ensures order and justice, the Constitution of Kentucky.
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Click it or Ticket
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Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.
05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State
Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014
Magolene Spears Fraley, 84, of Wurtland, died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Morehead State graduate student Kayla Keeton, who received her undergraduate degree from MSU last spring and is now studying for her MBA at the school, has received a $5,111 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to help her start Belles of the Bluegrass, a high-tech wedding planning business.
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The wet weather no doubt impacted the size of the crowd at Saturday’s Recovery Fest 2014 at Veterans Riverfront Park in Ashland, but there were plenty of reasons for addicts who are now drug free to celebrate and for speakers like State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and others to talk about the impact the prescription drug epidemic has had on this region and for others to distribute literature and offer words of encouragement that could convince some to seek help in their battle with their drug addictions.
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